In today's economy, custom truck enthusiasts are holding onto their vehicles longer. Even a high-mileage '98 Tahoe daily driver deserves a second chance. It is amazing what some minor bodywork, paint, and polish action can do. Helping you see just how easy it is to makeover a 10-year-old truck, we went to work making a beat truck look new again. To raise the visual impact bar even higher, we bolted on new front and rear bumpers, grille, headlights, parking lights, side markers, and taillights. It took years off of our older ride. This is how we did it.

Body and Paint
We contacted the folks at Summit Racing, who are known for their enormous performance racing parts mail-order business. Because they are always looking to provide new quality products for the performance consumer, Summit Racing has recently introduced a new custom paint and auto refinishing system. The product line includes prep fillers, 2K Urethane and epoxy primers, pre-paint surface washes, paint activators, reducers, a rainbow of Universal Urethane colors, and clearcoats.

Rick Sepulveda and his team at Anaheim Prestige Custom Paint in Anaheim, California, were willing to take on the Tahoe makeover. The Summit Racing auto refinishing products we will be using on the Tahoe are: Evercoat Rage body filler, epoxy primer, activator, reducer, surface wash, urethane pure white, omaha orange, and urethane clear topcoat. After removing the front bumper, grille, lights, rear bumper roof rack, taillights, side mirrors, and weather striping, it was time to correct any body imperfections to regain the Tahoe's original shape and flawless complexion.

Truck Dress-Up
After a fresh color change to your truck or SUV, the best way to complete the entire body and paint package is to replace the original and typically damaged or abused front bumper, grille, side markers, headlights, parking lights, rear bumper, and taillight covers with new parts. We contacted Long Motor Corporation (LMC) in Lenexa, Kansas, who is one of the world's leading truck and SUV accessory suppliers specializing in everything from exterior body panels, bumpers, grilles, lights, and interior components for both early and late-model Chevy, GMC, Dodge, and Ford trucks.

LMC trucks products were a major contributor to the Tahoe makeover. The front features an LMC chrome grille, crystalline headlights, crystalline parking lights, side markers, front bumper with round fog lights, and lower air deflector. The rear received a new step bumper with top pads and smoked taillight covers. It's amazing how simple cosmetic changes can erase a decade of miles. LMC components will provide you a new look for your old rust bucket.

From the Driver Seat
The team at Anaheim Prestige Body and Paint had nothing but positive comments from the body and paint specialists that worked with the new Summit Racing automotive refinishing system. The Summit epoxy primer sprayed evenly, built up well, cured quickly, and was easy to sand. The Summit acrylic urethane Omaha Orange and Pure White color coats covered very well, leaving no blemishes or streaks. The Summit Racing clearcoat went on heavy without running and cured quick and hard.

The LMC Truck exterior components were major contributors to the Tahoe's body makeover. The superior quality and fitment of the LMC exterior components gave the Tahoe a complete updated transformation.

Your Questions Answered

Time Spent Working
Body and Paint: 2 Weeks
LMC Accessories: 4 Hours

Degree Of Difficulty
Body and Paint: Professional
LMC components: Beginner

Tools Needed:
Body and Paint: SATA Jet 3000 paint gun, IWATA Revolution HP-CR airbrush, paint booth, DA sander, DeWalt electric buffer, assorted sand paper, sanding blocks, dent puller and MIG welder, LMC Accessories: Assorted metric, standard wrenches, and sockets, wire stripers/crimpers.

Parts Used:

Summit Racing
Summit Evercoat Rage Body Filler MDS-SE106 $34.95
Summit Epoxy Primer (gray) SUM-UP230 gal.$49.95
Summit Epoxy Catalyst SUM-UP231 gal.$39.95
Summit Surface Wash SUM-UP403 qrt.$9.95
Summit Pure White SUM-UP301 gal.$79.95
Summit Omaha Orange SUM-UP306 gal.$79.95
Summit Zero-VOC Reducer SUM-UP405 qrt.$9.95
Summit Urethane Activator SUM-UP101 qrt.$19.95
Summit Urethane Clearcoat SUM-UP200 gal.$59.95
House of Kolor Lime Green Lime Green $24.87
Total Cost: $419.42

LMC Long Motor Corp.
Rear Bumper Chrome Bumper PN38-9774 $299.95
Pad Rear Bumper PN31-3330 $49.95
Step Pad Rear Bumper PN31-3337 $19.95
Smoked Taillight Covers PN38-0981 $39.95
Front Bumper with Round Foglights PN39-9809 $299.95
Light Wiring Kit w/Switch A/R PN38-1275 $12.95
Front Bumper Air Deflector PN39-7400 $29.95
Crystalline Headlights PN37-7350 $149.95
Crystalline LED Parking Light PN37-7459 $159.95
Crystalline Amber Side Markers PN37-7419 $49.95
Chrome Grille PN39-4062 $399.95
Grille Bow Tie (Gold) PN39-3404 $29.95
Total: $1,442.40

SOURCE
Anaheim Prestige Auto Body
Placentia
CA  92870
LMC Trucks
15450 W. 108th Street
Lenexa
KS  66219
Summit Racing
P.O. Box 909
Akron
OH  44309-0909
800-230-3030
www.summitracing.com
3M Corporate Headquarters
Automotive
St. Paul
MN  55144
Coast Airbrush
www.coastairbrush.com
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